Walking Tour Lucca : discovering a fascinating city

Walking Tour Lucca : next time in Tuscany, you cannot miss this fascinating city… welcome in Lucca.

Lucca is one of the most fascinating cities in Italy and worth a visit by bike or through an interesting walking tour.

We can support you with the best choice and city guides to explore Lucca with its beauties and attractions; an elegant city with less than 90.000 inhabitants and famous for its historical monuments, churches and above all for its intact walls dating back to the 16th century … a surprisingly elegant open-air museum still maintained like a small treasure.

You can choose the ideal solution for a perfect walking tour in Lucca. Upon request, it is possible to reserve :

  1. Private tour
  2. Half day tour
  3. Full day excursion

Since Lucca is fully flat, it is suitable for people of all ages, children and wheelchair users. Thanks to the support of a Tour agency in Lucca, it is possible to book directly or through us.

The main sightseeings to suggest in Lucca are : via San Paolino, Puccini’s birthhouse, Church of San Michele, Piazza Napoleone and the nearby Piazza del Giglio, the romanesque Cathedral hosting the famous Volto Santo, Torre Guinigi, Piazza Anfiteatro (see the image in evidence), the miniature Colosseum converted in the past into a condominium.

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Private Chef in your Holiday home in Tuscany

Private Chef in your Holiday home in Tuscany? This is possible thanks to our partnerships with trusted chefs. If you book your next holiday at Villa Valentini let our chef prepares a gastronomical dinner based on your tastes and preferences.

This holiday home is located in Pian di Sco, Valdarno, at 5 kilometers from Reggello, midway between Florence and Arezzo in a typical tuscan scenery. On demand you can book before staying or during your stay a private dinner or small party with our trusted chef and his staff.

You can choose your favorite 5-course-menu among a various sortment of appetizers, first and second dishes, side dishes and dessert. Water and house wine are included.

For your kids it is possible to book a special 3-course-menu.

In the summer season it is possible to organize an outdoor dinner, from the end of September we can arrange the private dinner at home and light the fireplace.

Small groups are more than welcome, private chef is at your disposal from a minimum of 4 people up to 30 people (for al fresco dining).

Once chosen your favorite dinner, among the tasks of the private chef he thinks to buying the necessary ingredients, cooks in the kitchen and his staff will take care of the table service.

A standard 5-course-menu is composed of :

  • Appetizer
  • First dish with meat, fish or vegetable sauce
  • Second dish of fish or meat
  • Side dish
  • Dessert

Private chef is available for those who book a stay at the holiday home. It is possible to organize something similar in other properties with common spaces.

Take a look at the other proposals or ask for more information

Villa Wedding in the Chianti area

Villa Wedding in the the Chianti area, at a liberty villa in Montespertoli suitable to accommodate in fine weather up to 100 people for your wedding party in the garden.

It is possible to organize the civil ceremony and the garden party with the support of our trusted catering service.

A beautiful day in the garden that you can start with a non-alcoholic aperitif, white and red wines, prosecco, water.

Following finger food, firste courses with meat and vegetable sauce, main courses with side dishes, wedding cake and fruit salad.

Buffet or table service, live music on demand, wedding or video photographer on demand.

You can consider a price starting from Euro 45 per person to get your favorite menu with your preferences.

The liberty villa of 350 sqm surrounded by a private park of 4 hectares and immersed in the florentine Chianti countryside, has 4 bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom, nice living room with garden view.

Depending on the number of guests, you can set up outdoors with various equipment (tables, chairs, tablecloths, tents against bad weather).

We usually include in the final quote overnight stay with breakfast for the spouses and some guests.

Masso delle Fanciulle in Pomarance – not to miss

Masso delle Fanciulle, easy route within the Berignone Nature Reserve of about 11 kilometers, with 450 mt of uphill gradient and 350 mt of downhill, between Saline di Volterra and Pomarance, in the province of Pisa

Masso delle Fanciulle is correctly considered an enchanted, beautiful place not to miss expecially in Summer.

Masso delle Fanciulle is a natural area near a bathing stretch of the river Cecina; the many beaches all around, small waterfalls and the small lake nestled between the two stone stacks have made this place a popular destination both by locals and tourists

It is a walk that runs along the river Cecina, and in some places it is possible to cross it on foot .. Picnic stop is strongly recommended.
It’s nice to do this itinerary in all seasons, as long as the weather is good, but in summer it’s also possible to swim!

How to get there : just before Volterra, take the deviation for Mazzolla, follow the road and after about 5 kilometers you reach the equipped area.

If you plan to stay in this area, take a look at the accommodation proposed by the Farmhouse Pomarance, pretty easy to reach, only 3 kilometers away.

The area of Cecina offers many beauties and citysightseeings. Among the beautiful villages to suggest, we strongly recommend Montecastelli and Montegemoli

Montecastelli Pisano
Montecastelli

Pomarance is positioned in Cecina valley, in a scenic location between the Natural Reserve of Berignone, Rocca di Sillano and Volterra.

This location is particularly good for those who want to explore medioeval villages and cities of the area, explore Volterra but also enjoy their time in Tuscany discovering hidden beauties of the surroundings.

Among the places we usually propose, if you search for a day trip, don’t miss some of our favorite sea spots such as :

  • Baratti
  • Cala Violina
  • Populonia
  • La Buca delle Fate
  • San Vincenzo

All of them are not so far away, by car around 40 minutes up to more than 1 hour but it is worth it for sure.

Looking forward to wishing you a beautiful stay in Tuscany, with us!

 

Christmas Holidays in Chianti

Christmas holidays in Chianti at a Villa in Montespertoli not more than 30 kilometers from Florence, where you can feel a beautiful atmosphere in a villa working as Bed and Breakfast. It is possible to rent the villa for sole use from October until May with use of kitchen and all the commons spaces  such as sitting room, working fireplace, dining room and garden all around the Villa.

Upon you arrival or once onsite, it is possible to book breakfast and/ or dinner, served at table.

All the bedrooms have ensuite bathroom. Daily cleaning is provided only in case of bed and breakfast treatment.

Among the facilities at disposal, you can enjoy :

  • independent heating
  • fireplace (wood extra-charged)
  • TV
  • private balcony with nice panorama
  • free Wifi

Fully booked for Silvester, you can consider your winter holidays for Christmas or first week of January.

In the rate is included the continental breakfast.

Among other services available on demand :

  • Culinary experience
  • Visit Florence and some of its amazing museums
  • Wine tasting tour
  • Siena and San Gimignano tour

For more information, visit the dedicated link

Farmhouse wedding in Tuscany

Farmhouse wedding in Tuscany – Villa Valentini can accommodate up to 30 people for your outdoor wedding party.

A romantic private wedding day with well organized party was organized in last July 2018 at a charming farmhouse in Valdarno, Pian di Sco.

It was possible to arrange the civil ceremony at the Townhall of Reggello, a few kilometers from Villa Valentini and the wedding party in the garden thanks to the support of our trusted catering service.

We help our guests to make their holidays as better as possible, providing all the services they need and ask for.

A beautiful summer day started with an aperitif, live music thanks to the support of a local team of musicians, the excellent work of our catering service and the wedding photographer chosen ad hoc.

For this farmhouse wedding, a simple menu was chosen, based on the tastes of the couple : mixed appetizer, first course, second course of fish, side dish and wedding cake.

Water and drinks included.

Depending on your budget, you can choose a nice evening with an aperitif and dinner with meat or fish dishes. Drinks can be included or not.

Villa Valentini can host events up to 30 people in fine weather and the wedding party can be set up in the large garden, in front of or behind the house.

Villa Valentini in Pian di Sco consists of 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and a large well-equipped kitchen. You can choose to visit Tuscany, stay in the farmhouse with your family and friends and enjoy your romantic honeymoon.

It is possible to rent the farmhouse for exclusive use, you can choose other services on your own or with our support.

Best things to do in Venice

Best things to do in Venice and surroundings – Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, boasting romantic scenery, historic attractions, suggestive canals and many things to do. Venice was built on a Mediterranean lagoon and is one filled with medieval history and cafes that haven’t changed since the 18th century.

Among the many things to do in Venice during your stay, we suggest : a walking tour in the historic centre, a romantic gondola ride, visit some of the amazing museums which hosts the city, shopping at the trade center Fondaco dei Tedeschi, make lovely photo shooting… just to offer some travel tips.

Among the best things to do in Venice, check our customized list :

  • Ride in a private water taxi down the Grand Canal
  • Venice Biennale
  • Carnival Festival
  • Day trips to Burano or Murano island, spend a couple of hours, shop traditional Murano glass and taste fried fish with polenta and a glass of white wine
  • Rialto food and wine tour – well known for its italian produce and homemade pasta
  • Ponte di Rialto – the most famous among the 400 bridges of Venice. Built in 1588, it offers lovely views of the city
  • Lido Island – accessible by most vaporetto boat lines. Lido is 11 kilometer sandbar with nice beach and heart of the city’s film history
  • Bicycle ride – possible at Lido where you can find roads for both cars and bikes.

Other amazing things to suggest in Venice can be for example :

  1. Visit the Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
  2. Don’t miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  3. Gallerie dell’Accademia
  4. Teatro La Fenice – one of the most popular opera house
  5. Visit the Jewish Ghetto – considered to be the world’s first ghetto, today it is a part of the district Cannaregio sestiere and is filled with restaurants and shops, a Jewish museum and many synagogues (available for touring).

Venice can be characteristic also for traditional restaurants and cafes… following are some tips to propose :

  • Caffè Florian – set in the heart of San Marco square. One of the special places attracting celebrities since 1720 from Charlie Chaplin, Andy Warhol etc
  • I Tre Mercanti – its bakery offers 25 different kinds of fusion tiramisu (a delicious italian cake dessert)
  • Al Bottegon – set on the San Trovaso canal, this beloved osteria is a packed, stand-up bar with no tables but with an excelletn selection fo regional wines.
  • Trattoria Dalla Marisa – an old fashioned trattoria serving traditional dishes at affordable rates since its opening in 1965. For about Euro 15 per person, you can get a plate of pasta, one of the dishes of the day, vegetables, wine and coffee. At night, the specialty is seafood (rate about Euro 35)
  • Osteria Alla Ciurma – set in the Rialto area, this tiny bar is well famous for its delicious fish dishes at reasonable rates (try baccalà mantecato, tuna polpette and courgette flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies accompanied by a glass of white wine)
  • Osteria Ai Osti – set in a quiet courtyard just off the Strada Nove (main way between the train station and Rialto bridge). Even if small, it is worth it to try it at least once for its fast dishes, pasta dishes and house specialties. If you like the fish, don’t miss the “fritto misto” (fried fish and sea food) at very reasonable prices.

If you look for a comfortable accommodation, take a look at our proposals – Holidays in Venice

Visit Florence : What to do, see and eat

Visit Florence : what to do and visit in Florence and what is the best time of year to enjoy a nice holiday ?

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home of many museums, works of art and beauties of Renaissance architecture. It offers many breathtaking places with fabulous views, many things to do and visit and for all budgets.

Among the Museums and Churches to suggest, we propose in particular :

  • Duomo, the cathedral with a tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower
  • Accademia Gallery, where it is possible to visit the original sculpture of Michelangelo’s David
  • Uffizi Gallery, where you can find, among other works known throughout the world, the Venus of Botticelli and the Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Palazzo Vecchio, which houses among other things the Municipality of Florence and hosts a copy of Michelangelo’s David
  • Brancacci Chapel, in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
  • Church of Santa Croce, which houses the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, as well as the cenotaph of Dante, Vittorio Alfieri, Antonio Canova, Niccolò Macchiavelli, Gioacchino Rossini and Ugo Foscolo. But it also houses the chapels frescoed by Giotto and the crucifix of Cimabue
  • Church of Santa Maria Novella. which houses the Giotto crucifix
  • Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the most beautiful bridge in Florence and most photographed, known for the goldsmiths’ shops. In 1565 Giorgio Vasari (on behalf of Cosimo I de’ Medici) built the Vasari corridor to join Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti.
  • Church of San Miniato al Monte, is located in one of the highest points of the city of Florence, stands on a hill south-east of the historic center of Florence near the Piazzale Michelangelo and is one of the best examples of Florentine Romanesque

Other sightseeings to highlight are :

  • Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, near the Ponte Vecchio, the diocesan museum of sacred art that often hosts beautiful exhibitions in 3D
  • Bargello Museum, less known but nice location, known for being the national museum dedicated to sculpture

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Circolo di Colloro in the Val Grande Park

Circolo di Colloro in the Val Grande Park is located in Premosello Chiovenda, a beautiful mountain reality, able to host events, private parties and dinners in its restaurant up to 40 people on the ground floor, about 50 people upstairs. The village of Colloro belongs to the municipality of Premosello-Chiovenda, region Piemonte.

The Colloro club, appreciated for its wood-fired oven for lunches, dinners and its local snacks with typical products of the area, offers a wide selection of Piemonte wines, to sip in front of the wood-burning stove or at the edges of the panoramic semi-covered terrace.

Wide and pleasant view of Dossola Valley from the dining room.

The Colloro club also has two double/ twin rooms and a single room with private bathroom with shower, TV and free Wifi. From the rooms you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Alps.

The area of Premosello Chiovenda can be ideal for sportsmen and less athletes who want to indulge in long walks, cycling or mountain biking and enjoy a few days of pure pleasure.

The club is far :

  • Val Grande National Park, 9 km
  • Lake Maggiore, 15 km
  • Domodossola, 18 km
  • Locarno, 63 km
  • Zermatt, 118 km

For more information about location and events, visit the website Events in Colloro


It is possible to book bedrooms with breakfast or half board treatment. Priced from Euro 60 per night per room

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Top Things to do and see in Pomarance

Pomarance is a pretty town of about 5800 inhabitants in the province of Pisa, Tuscany. Part of the Val di Cecina, it is located on a hill 370 m.a.s.l. and dominates a wide valley. It is located in the center of the Val di Cecina, on the border between the province of Pisa and Siena.

Reachable from the road SS439 from Pontedera and Follonica or from the road SS68 coming from Cecina.

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Pet Friendly Holiday Homes

Looking for Pet Friendly Holiday Homes? Very often when you organize your holidays, it is not easy to bring with you your puppy or pet.

We have collected some Pet Friendly Holiday Homes in Tuscany and Venice which are a great solution for those who do not want to give up their vacation but do not want to leave alone your own pet.

A small fee can be requested per stay in some locations.

To find out more, visit our proposals of pet-friendly accommodations or request more information

Holidays in Tuscany

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What to do in Sesto Fiorentino, Florence

What to do in Sesto Fiorentino – why to choose the surroundings of Florence for your holidays?

Several reasons to propose…

Sesto Fiorentino is a pretty town of about 50.000 inhabitants, the 3rd most populated city in the metropolitan city of Florence. It is part of the Florence-Prato-Pistoia area, easily reachable by car from the A1 and A11 motorways (Calenzano- Sesto Fiorentino exit), by bus and also by train (Firenze-Prato-Bologna line).

In Sesto Fiorentino station, about 10 minutes walk from the city center, regional trains stop covering the Pistoia-Prato-Florence-Pontassieve-Montevarchi network  with very frequent trips during the day from 5am to 24h

From the Sesto Fiorentino train station you can reach the main train station of Florence, Santa Maria Novella, in 12 minutes.

Among the activities to suggest between Florence and Sesto Fiorentino :

  • Tennis club La Limonaia
  • Toscano Horse riding center at Cascine Park, 9 km
  • Golf Club Parco di Firenze, 13 km
  • Tastings of wine, extra virgin olive oil and other tuscan products
  • Guided tours in Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano

Library Ragionieri for a cultural day with leisure center, Wifi, indoor bar

  • Guided tours in Florence – the historic centre and the main museums
  • Richard Ginori Museum in Sesto Fiorentino – well known for its porcelains
  • Mountain bike tours around Florence, with wine tasting at Farmhouse
  • Tuscan cooking classes
  • Vespa tour or Chianti tour in 500 vintage car
  • Segway tour in the historic centre of Florence
  • Boat trips on the Arno river (from April to September)

Bilancino Lake, an artificial lake in Mugello, 27 km away – near Barberino di Mugello. The shore of the lake, during the summer season, is bathing and is equipped with some establishments.

  • Hot air ballon tour from Bagno a Ripoli, 31 km
  • Paragliding and hang-gliding in Reggello, 54 km

The town of Sesto Fiorentino offers a not frenetic nightlife among locals, pubs, restaurants and pizzerias at excellent value for money.

Where to stay? Some good hospitality tips are available at this link